Warrior girls soccer squad claims league championship

LAKE GEORGE The Lake George Girls Soccer team captured the Adirondack League Championship this last week as they completed league play with a stellar record of 7-0-1. Coach Joel Gordon said he was pleased with his teams accomplishments this year. Coming into this year, I didnt know what to expect with eight seniors having graduated, he said. But the Freshman and Sophomore players made strides they were average at the beginning of the season, and now theyre very good. Those Freshmen, Mackenzie Perkett, Rebecca Kandora, Gretchen Bechard and Jamie Jarett made remarkable progress this year, he said. With two Seniors injured and green underclass players, the team had a rocky start to the 2008 season, Gordon said. The team lost 0-6 to Cambridge and 0-2 to Stillwater. These games toughened the players up, and let them know what kind of competition is out there, said Gordon, who is a new coach at Lake George High. They bought into my system. The players improved their ball control and passing technique, he said. They learned to pick their heads up and pass the ball instead of kicking and hoping, he said, adding the players engage more with opposing players who are moving downfield, and defend the ball more effectively. The Warriors secured the league championship with a win Oct. 14 over Salem in the second overtime. Meghan Stover ran the ball down the left side, faked a kick to center field, took the ball around a defender as Caroline Murphy ran toward center field from the right, when Meghan kicked a pass right in front of Caroline, who blasted the ball into the goal, Gordon said. It was a dead-on perfect pass, he said. Soon after, Kenzie Weber passed the ball from the right side of the field to Andi Sause, who with a strong, fast kick, shot the ball into the left corner of the Salem goal, Gordon said. The Salem goalie had no chance, he said, praising defensive efforts of Katie Flatley and McKenzie Perkett. Thursday, the Warriors downed Hadley-Luzerne 5-0 in a convincing win. The Warriors took control from the start, dominating with a potent offense that produced 26 shots on goal. Meghan Stover scored four goals, and Caroline Murphy scored the other, Gordon said. Meghan has been phenomenal this season with 16 goals and six assists, Gordon said. Meghans a real threat shes just electric on offense. Gordon said his team was pumped up about the upcoming Sectionals, and the players were getting ready this week by playing some highly competitive scrimmages. We can do a lot of damage in the Sectionals, he said. The way these kids are playing now, they can really go far. I cant be happier how theyve exceeded my expectations.

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